It bothers me when people - educated or not - talk about the Miami Dolphins like they are an NFL doormat.
Plenty of NFL talking heads have viewed Miami as an afterthought heading into the 2014 season because they lack a marquee quarterback, or are rebuilding the offensive line, or struggled from a leadership and coaching standpoint, or possess a defense which took a step back last season.
I can accept those valid criticisms of the 2014 Dolphins, which features owner Steve Ross yet again embarking on another spending spree to stock the team with better talent. But I can also counter by saying the Dolphins were one of the more resilient teams in the NFL last season, especially during and after the bully saga hit.
It should be pointed out the team's four game losing streak took place when Cameron Wake, the team's top defender was nursing a serious knee injury.
It should be pointed out the Dolphins possessed a 6-1 record in games where the offense scored 23 or more points.
It should also be pointed out the Dolphins beat plenty of the AFC teams that made it to the playoffs last season, and that the Dolphins were in the drivers seat to earning a Wild-card berth if they hadn't dropped the ball in the 20-7 season finale loss to the New York Jets.
It should be points out the Vegas odds makers have the Dolphins over-under line at eight wins.
That doesn't sound like a mediocre team to me.
We also had a GREAT conversation with Dolphins nickel cornerback Jimmy Wilson, who talks about pushing for the starting free safety spot, the challenge small school players have, his two-year stint in jail fighting a murder charge, and why he believes the Dolphins defense will rebound in 2014.
That conversation with Wilson is probably one of the best I've had all year, so I encourage you to check it out.
Part two is here, and it starts with Wilson talking about his most difficult day in jail. He later gets into improvements he expects on this year's defense, and what he's seen from the young cornerbacks.
What I'm offering you is three hours of Dolphins talk (okay, there might be 30 minutes of Miami Heat talk in there). I guarantee you will enjoy it.
Dolphins talk begins 22 minutes into the show if you just want to cut to the chase.
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